Bird Facts:

Length: 25.5 cm.
The male and female have like Conspicuous in flight is the white belly and underside of the
Voice: A loud ‘tchak-tchak-tchak’, also ‘see see’.
Song: Semi-loud and pleasant.
Size of Egg: 25.0—33.5 x 19.0—23.4 mm.

Northern Europe is the home of the fieldfare, one of the few songbirds that were once important and prized game birds. It was hunted mostly during the migrating season and its meat was considered a great delicacy. Today, however, it is no longer hunted in most European countries. The fieldfare nests in many parts of central Europe, which it has been invading from the north in increasing numbers since the end of the nineteenth century.

In some of these parts it breeds regularly and in fair abundance. Fieldfares return to their breeding grounds in flocks at the end of March, nesting together in small colonies in woods, parks and thickets alongside brooks and ponds, as well as in thin birch or pine groves. There the individual pairs build nests close to one another in thickets, or in trees 2 to 10 metres above the ground; as a rule they are located at a height of 3 metres, though in the tundra they are only 30 to 50 centimetres above the ground.

The nest is made of dry twigs, roots and stems with a small amount of mud and lined with fine stems. The clutch
comprises 4 to 6 eggs and these are incubated, primarily by the hen, for 13 to 14 days, the young leaving the nest after the same period of time. The fieldfare feeds on insects, worms, small molluscs, beetles and caterpillars: in the autumn and winter months mostly on berries such as rowanberry. In October fieldfares from the north arrive in large flocks to spend the winter in central, western and southern Europe.

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